Thursday, July 21, 2016

An Outing

My writing group has been intrigued with the Chateau at Cenevieres ever since I began sharing bits of the novel I'm writing which is set at the 13th century Chateau and along the Lot River. Each time I'd offer a chapter for critique, they'd have questions about the Chateau and its history, so Anita, our fearless leader, organized a guided tour for us today. While the Chateau is in my neighborhood, the rest of the group had to drive almost an hour to get there.
Inside the gates
Our tour was conducted by Patrick de Braquilanges, son of the current owners Monsieur and Madame Guy de Braquilanges. The Braquilanges family has owned the Chateau since 1793 when it was sold for the first and only time during its long history.
On the terrace
M. Braquilanges was a wealth of historical information and charmed us with his stories and his knowledge, as well as with the glass of wine he offered at the tour's end!
A Protestant chapel
One of the owners of the Chateau, Antoine Gourdon,  converted to the Protestant faith and built this Calvinist chapel in the early 1600's.

After our tour we drove to Calvignac for a picnic lunch, then visited three of the ExoPlanet Lot art installations there. We finished our outing with the cold drink at La Terrasse Romantique restaurant which overlooks the Lot River valley. Thanks, Mandy, for using your lovely French to persuade the proprietor to seat us! And thanks, Anita, for arranging a great day out! I think we have the best writing group in the world.

Here's a drone's eye view of the Chateau. It couldn't be lovelier...

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